Taking into account the working-day pattern and the effects of seasonal variation,the Dutch economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.This was the third consecutive quarter showing negative quarter-on-quarter growth, but the contraction is becoming less substantial.
The number of jobs of employees was 99 thousand (1.3 percent) lower in the first quarter of 2013 than in the same period one year previously. The number of jobs was lower than one year previously for the fifth consecutive quarter. The number of jobs lost is growing each quarter.
There were 97 thousand job vacancies at the end of March 2013. The number of job vacancies has declined gradually over the past two years, mostly due to a reduced demand for staff in the private sector.
In the fourth quarter of 2012, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was nearly 1 percent down on the third quarter. The number of hours worked in temp jobs also declined in the two preceding months.